2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record

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    • willid3 commented on Jan 22

      i would also just how accurate the data is before it was automated? cause in can see that we humans arent really all that big on cold or heat

    • DeDude commented on Jan 23

      So they have changed from denying the reality of climate change to denying that humans have anything to do with it. Eventually they will have to accept the reality that humans had a lot to do with it, and they will claim that there is nothing we can do to reverse it without destroying the economy – and by that time they may actually be right.

  1. VennData commented on Jan 22

    The “I’m no scientist” Republicans sure have strong opinions about marijuana, fructose, health care, FEMA needs, nuclear power, NSF funding, fracking, infrastructure, FAA, the EPA, pipelines, NASA, Offshore drilling, and the “right” number for Pi.

    ‚ÄčOnly 6% of scientists are Republicans…


    …which seems high to me.

    • DeDude commented on Jan 23

      It is very difficult to survive as a scientist if you let your dogmatic narrative trump your data. I am surprised that 6% of scientist are members of the GOP tribe – maybe they are RINO’s

  2. wally commented on Jan 22

    The consequences of manipulated data are trivial compared to the consequences of sustained climate change.

    • RW commented on Jan 22

      Amen. The possibility of manipulated or erroneous data is a red herring even if true.

      The problem of evaluating risk is actually simplified when risk asymmetry is appropriately assessed. Whether it is the risk of a central bank raising interest rates too soon and quenching recovery or the risk of spending too little in preparation for climate change and condemning our grandchildren to face catastrophe unshielded, the opposing risks are so relatively trivial and easy to ameliorate that they effectively become zero in contrast.

    • DeDude commented on Jan 23

      So yes lets cherry-pick the layer of the atmosphere where 2014 is only the 3’rd hottest, cause then all is good? Next year I am sure we can find some other layer where it is not the hottest year, so we won’t be needing to stop our self-indulgence and invest in our grandchildren’s future. Science is just fantastic, especially if you have no clue how to conduct it.

    • DeDude commented on Jan 23

      The temperatures at surface level are a lot more relevant to people (and melting surface ice) than the temperatures at 10,000 feet. Those who live at 10,000 feet may be relieved to hear that they are only undergoing the third worst frying of their life, but that is not much relief to most of us. But why let common sense get in the way of cherry-picking science data to support your favorite narrative?

    • 4whatitsworth commented on Jan 23

      Probably the most relevant temperature is that of the oceans because the oceans have the ability to absorb and destroy heat in a dramatic fashion. The thermodynamics of the energy it takes to warm water verses air make this very interesting. The story I am following closely is that new science shows that the trade winds and ocean currents work together to have a cooling effect on the earth. http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v4/n3/full/nclimate2106.html .

      The facts are that global warming has stalled since the trade winds started blowing again. This new record that has been repeated so much has a margin of error because of the nature of the measurements. NASA admits that there is only a 38% certainty that it is not correct that 2014 was actually the hottest year..

      I am not one of these “Climate Change Deniers” of course humans have an impact on the earth and carbon in many forms is pollution. The earth also clearly went through a significant warming period however the warming pretty much stopped in 2001. It is still hot however the movement up since then is statistically insignificant. Regarding climate change If we actually get the numbers and the science right maybe we can start to take action example there are large plastic bag islands in our oceans one is the size of Texas let’s clean this up it is easy to execute and will have a positive effect on ocean circulation which might actually cool the earth.

      My point is that if you are serious about helping our planet being wrong on global warming is not going to help.

    • 4whatitsworth commented on Jan 24

      Thanks for the article. What I like about this web site is that there are smart people who appreciate information. To be honest I had not seen this data. Like most people I have mostly seen the media published stuff which in my mind calls into question the coalition of CO2 and atmospheric temperatures since 2001. I also noticed that suddenly the name was “climate change” instead of “global warming” and we were all supposed to just believe this because of some 10 question survey of scientists.

      I will take a close look at the information on this web site which does correlate with my understanding of earth science, physics, and theory of global warming. If this does indeed check out you will have had profoundly positive influence on my conversations and good will efforts. At the moment what puzzles me is that the earth is 2/3 ocean and if 2/3 of the planet has warmed appreciably and consistently why did that not show up in the surface temperature measurements published by the media?

      It is important for our planet that we get the narrative correct and start to take action and debates like this one help. I am glad that we can agree that the oceans are the elephant in the room if one is to discuss global warming intelligently.

  3. SumDumGuy commented on Jan 22

    Not to mention that there are non-temperature data series out here that also match up with rising temps (i.e. spring migrations happening earlier, spring plants blooming earlier, plants growing/animals found at higher altitudes every decade, etc.)

  4. emrah commented on Jan 23

    Hi Barry, recently, you have been posting about climate change more often. Do you have a trading idea brewing? I am thinking of agricultural commodities or farm land but besides agric. futures which are very volatile, I don’t know how to play this event. Thank you,


    ADMIN: BR says “Stay tuned”

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